The Orewa Team

This is our team of teachers and staff at Educare Orewa. Scroll through to find out more about our teaching team.

Cheryl Nicolle

Centre Manager
Kia ora, ko Cheryl toku ingoa. I am excited to be a part of the Educare Orewa whānau, working alongside the wonderful team as the Centre Manager. I am a qualified and fully registered Early Childhood Teacher.
I strongly believe in respectful partnerships, valuing the importance of building relationships with children, whānau and colleagues that are reciprocal and help us to ‘dance’ together in the care and education of our youngest, most vulnerable citizens. My practice is influenced by the principles and practices of the Pikler approach. I believe it is important to slow down, be present and spend time observing. Additionally, I value the importance of nature and being immersed in it to develop a healthy mind, body and soul.
In my free time I like to explore and go on adventures.

Teigan Verduyn

Registered Teacher
Hi my name is Teigan and I have a Bachelor of Education in teaching and are a fully registered teacher.
I live in Waitoki with my Husband Duncan, our beautiful daughter Frankie, who you may have seen at the Centre with me, and our dog Penny. I enjoy spending time with my family. I feel that every child has a different learning style and pace and each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about” – Angela Scwindt

Sarah Green

Registered Teacher
Hi I’m Sarah, I have been teaching for many years and I am honoured to be working in the over 2’s room here at Educare Orewa. In 2013 I gained my Bachelor in Teaching through AUT. I enjoy spending time outdoors, going on walks, gardening, going on the boat, going to the beach, swimming and scuba diving. But most of all I love to spend time with my family.
I believe that by following what children are interested in and setting up a wide range of experiences to extend their interests, is the best way for our children to learn. Giving children opportunities to try new things, to take risks and become confident and competent learners is very important.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in our shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr Seuss

Tracey Acott

Registered Teacher
I’m Tracy, and I am excited to get to know your children and families at Educare Orewa.
I have over 15 years of Early Childhood Education experience. I attended AUT where I graduated with a Bachelor of Education qualification in 2011.
I live in Hatfield’s Beach, and have one daughter who is also teaching at an Early Education Centre in Albany. I enjoy socialising with friends, reading, swimming and gardening.
I believe children are naturally curious and capable and are able to lead their own learning with the guidance, patience and respect of teachers.
I am passionate about promoting children’s connection and learning in nature and developing their understanding of the principles of sustainability and respect for our environment.

Ga Hye

Registered Teacher
Kia ora, my name is Ga Hye (pronounced: Ga-Hey) and I am from Korea. I came to New Zealand with my family and attended school in Christchurch. I have lived in New Zealand longer than Korea, so New Zealand is like home to me. I moved from Christchurch to Auckland not long ago so I am quite new to the area. I graduated from University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Teacher and Learning Early Childhood and I am full registered.
I believe that quality education and care is achieved through the development of strong partnership between home and centre. I look forward to getting to know your children, family and whānau as we share in their learning journey together.

Niki Graham

Registered Teacher
Hello my name is Niki and I have been teaching here at Educare Orewa since March 2019. I love working in this teaching team and the natural outdoor environment. I moved to the Orewa area from West Auckland. I am a mum to two awesome boys Max and Bear. Bear also attends Orewa Educare part time.
I have been a fully qualified teacher since 2006 and have worked in a variety of settings including home based, primary school and teaching in London. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Rielly Neven

Hi, I’m Rielly and I am working as a teacher at Educare Orewa. I am from Canada and have been in New Zealand for two years now. I have worked in the ECE Sector in Canada for many years. I have three younger sisters and I speak both French and English.

Fiona Walker

My Name is Fiona. I was born in Ledston in England. Our Family Emigrated to New Zealand in 1974, and I am the oldest of 3 siblings. I am married to Mike and we have a Son Liam who attends Auckland University.
I have worked in Early Childhood since 2011, and have a real passion for encouraging children to explore new things. I love arts, crafts and messy play of many sorts. I also enjoy mat time, sharing news, stories and dancing to music. My interests are quilting, sewing, long walks and spending time with Family and Friends.
I hope to make your child’s learning journey here at Educare Orewa a time that they will remember fondly.

Sheree Sullivan

Hi I’m Sheree, I grew up in Dargaville but have lived in Auckland for many years with my husband Sean and daughter Kayla. I am a qualified chef by trade. I have worked in childcare for the past 9 years cooking and have loved it. I look forward to serving up lots of delicious and nutritious meals for the children and getting to know everyone at Educare Orewa.

Kelly Hayes

Kia ora, my name is Kelly and I am the centre administrator. I was born in New Zealand and have grown up in the Rodney District.
I have worked in Administration in one form or another my whole working life and love it!
My fiancés name is Jordan and we live in Orewa with our son Max, who attends this centre.
I love being part of the team here and being part of your children’s learning and development.